Month: January 2020

House Committee Votes to Protect Endangered Species Act

January 29, 2020

Last summer, the Trump administration unveiled its final changes to the rules that implement the Endangered Species Act (ESA) — a series of disastrous regulatory changes best characterized as an “Extinction Plan”. The rule rollbacks represent a fundamental attack on this cornerstone of conservation law, making it harder to protect wildlife from multiple threats, including…

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Idaho Proposes to Expand Wolf Hunting, Trapping on Public and Private Lands, Including Use of Snares

January 28, 2020

On Monday, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission (IDFG) announced a proposal to extend the season for wolf hunting and trapping across the state on public and private land. The IDFG offered a total of seven hunting proposals and two trapping proposals. In general, the proposals aim to extend all hunting and trapping opportunities, including…

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Idaho Bill Seeks to Create More Wolf-killing Opportunities

January 23, 2020

Idaho lawmakers are paving the way to create more opportunities to kill Idaho wolves year-round. The Idaho Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted yesterday to forward S. 1247, a measure introduced by Republican Sen. Bert Brackett. The bill would designate “wolf-free” and “chronic depredation” zones where any licensed hunter with a wolf tag can shoot…

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Wolf Loves to Slide Down Snowy Hill

January 21, 2020

Beyond their importance as a critical keystone species, wolves are really playful! As highly social animals that live in well-organized family units called packs, wolves will often engage in social play to strengthen family bonds and assess social status within the pack. When seeking to play, wolves will dance and bow playfully. Playtime can also include…

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Keep Howling

January 20, 2020
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New Mexico Approves Trapping of State Wildlife, Further Endangering Mexican Gray Wolves

January 17, 2020

The New Mexico Game Commission today approved trapping of bobcats, foxes, and other wildlife throughout nearly all of the state, despite public opposition to the practice long criticized as inhumane and indiscriminate. The decision reauthorizes the use of leghold traps, body-crushing traps, and strangulation snares that have killed and maimed endangered Mexican wolves and countless…

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Ban Coyote Killing Contests in New York State

January 15, 2020

Each year thousands of animals, including coyotes, die in cruel wildlife killing competitions held in New York, where contestants compete to shoot the most or biggest animals for cash prizes. Incentivizing the killing of New York’s coyotes is wrong – it’s both cruel and scientifically unsound as a management tool.  For more than 100 years,…

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Wolf Pack Mates Make Peace, Dogs Hold a Grudge

January 14, 2020

Wolves are highly social animals that live in structured family units called packs. A pack is simply a family, with parents at the lead (sometimes referred to as the breeding pair or alpha pair) and offspring of varying ages. Sometimes unrelated wolves will join a family too. Cooperative living gives wolf families a number of…

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Contest for Kids – Name a Mexican Gray Wolf Pup!

January 13, 2020

A face like this needs more than just a number! This season, the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) is completing its annual year-end population survey of the Mexican gray wolves living in Arizona and New Mexico. As part of this survey, the IFT collars and identifies each wolf they find with a number. We…

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A Wild Anniversary: 25 Years For Yellowstone Wolves

January 12, 2020

“…the best wolf habitat resides in the human heart. You have to leave a little space for them to live.”  – Ed Bangs (Former Wolf Recovery Coordinator U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Yellowstone: The “little space” wolves were given 25 years ago today when the federal government gave the green light to return wolves to…

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